Neil Ellis Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Jonkershoek – 2016

Region: South Africa - Stellenbosch

Neil Ellis Wines

Neil Ellis is a South African wine industry icon and one of the early pioneers to bring quality levels up to world class standards. The winery sits 5 miles east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley. It was founded in 1993 with the philosophy to source grapes from the top growers of the region. The eco-friendly winery produces wines from the regions of Stellenbosch, Darling, Darbanville and Elgin.


92 Points

Almost opaque in the glass, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Jonkershoek Valley explodes with a richness and firmness to the nose that has elements of ripe and slightly stewed blackberries, plum and dark cherry. Full-bodied and juicy, it offers up a firm tannic edge that will remain food friendly for years to come, as flavors of plum reduction and blackberry jus offer up a juicy mid-palate, full of flavor with the soft oaky essence of nutmeg and vanilla. The wine ultimately finishes long-winding and expressive and will continue to deliver pleasure. Decanting is recommended here. Bravo, I’m having another sip!  2021 – 2032

© Wine Advocate, May, 2021